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October 14, 2013

More late heroics from Manziel

(Continued)

OXFORD, Miss. —

Texas A&M still has plenty of concerns, including a defense that’s given up 32 points per game this season. That ranks 13th in the 14-team SEC.

Sumlin said the defense played fairly well on Saturday as the Aggies built a 14-10 lead by halftime. The second half was a different story.

“They made some adjustments in the third quarter, but we just made enough plays in the fourth to win,” Sumlin said. “It’s about third-down conversions. We were 8 of 13 and they were 6 of 14.”

It also helps to have Manziel, the defending Heisman Trophy winner who continues to deliver spectacular performances.

He’s completed 73.2 percent of his passes this season for 1,835 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s also rushed for 427 yards and five touchdowns.

He actually had a few bad mistakes against Ole Miss — including a third-quarter interception in the end zone and a fourth-quarter fumble — that helped the Rebels climb back into the game.

But when the game’s on the line, there are few better than Johnny Football.

“Johnny’s a beast,” Lambo said. “Week in and week out, we can expect greatness from him. It’s so awesome to be part of a team that he gets to lead.”

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